Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.44 | pDev: 6.08%
Aug 30, 2022
Feb 01, 2016
Notes: Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with coffee, cocoa, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans.
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Rated: 4.34 by gutbuster from Kentucky

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle dated 4/25/16. Poured into a snifter.

A: Midnight black. Tight tan head holds at a finger for a bit, but eventually settles into a thin slip. Wispy lacing.

S: Bourbon barrel front and center. Corny sweet booze, pretty oaky, whiffs of shaved coconut. Bit of sherry-like oxidation. Waves of intermingling vanilla bean and rich, fatty cocoa nibs. Chocolate aromas gain some depth with more fudgey and brownie batter nuance. Coffee is pretty much long gone. Gentle wafts of smoke. Subtle black cherry darkfruit.

T: Rich and Chocolatey right on the attack. Fudge sauce, brownie batter, cocoa nibs. Vanilla extract in a big way. Malted milk balls. Smoke and hollow bitterness where the coffee used to be. A bit acrid and burnt. A good amount of sherry/cardboard oxidation. Black cherry and cassis. Big pull of boozy bourbon stiffness, lots of oak, and some caramel chocolate chews. Long oaky and boozy bourbon finish.

M: Huge and rich. Thick, unctuous, and chewy body. Gentle carbonation brings a bit of a tingle and adds a little lift so the weight isn’t overbearing. Stiff bourbon warmth and some oak astringency mitigate the sweetness and cut the texture a bit.

O: I simply sat on this one for too long. As it stands it is still an enjoyable drink, but the lack of coffee and the oxidation detract from the overall experience. Shoulda cracked this guy a couple of years ago. Tough to tell with these 17% Avery beasts. Some will go forever. This one did not.
Aug 26, 2020
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Rated by DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I hate it that Avery brews these one and done beer's. This was amazing. Come on Avery, let's do it again!
Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.66 by dubnation from Kansas

May 20, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by Jaycase from Illinois

Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by Eman17 from Illinois

Oct 09, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 4.9 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by smi69 from New York

Dec 25, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Nov 30, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by Shmizzen from Nevada

Nov 18, 2018
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Rated by Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2.5 years old, thanks Jason, finally getting around. A gem of chocolate, bourbon, spice. Meets expectations.
Nov 11, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by socon67 from New York

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 31, 2018
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle, bottled on APR 25 2016. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good and there's a decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, molasses and some roasted malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, with bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa, toffee, oak, coffee and some dark fruit noticeable too. It's a mostly sweet tasting brew. Still a little boozy, but not as much as I thought it would be for being 17.4% ABV. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good imperial stout overall, glad I picked this one up! $11.99 a bottle.
Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by archero from Texas

Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 4/25/16, had 5/10/18.

Pours a dark cola color, somewhat opaque, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, toffee, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, char, malt, some coffee, light figs. Smells great. And it tastes great, too- bourbon, lots of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, oak, malt, some molasses, light cocoa and coffee. A fair amount of alcohol when warm, a touch sweet, a light bitterness on the finish. Smooth for the crazy ABV, a good medium to full body, appropriately carbonated.

What a great beer, so much depth of flavors and aromas. All the add ins show well, but the chocolate is the headliner- so expressive in both the aroma and flavor. The bourbon barrels are really the difference maker, though. Just terrific. Wish I knew whose barrels they used.
May 16, 2018
Rated: 4.74 by TylerJ from Iowa

May 02, 2018
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
look: deep dark like a stout ought to be. Some ruby highlights when held to light, otherwise not much light getting through this monster.
smell: vanilla bourbon mocha fudge! Rich, decadent goodness.
taste: Ditto. All the flavors in the nose. Dangerously easy drinker.
Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by chossboss from Oregon

Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 11, 2018
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Reviewed by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle, dated 4/25/16, 17.4% ABV. Appears brownish black with a smaller sized khaki head. Smells of vanilla, cocoa, whiskey, oak, roasted malt, oxidization, dark fruit, earthy hops, and licorice. The taste follows with cocoa, vanilla, whiskey, oak, oxidation, dark fruit, roasted malt, earthy hops, and licorice. Medium bitterness, dryness, and tartness with some light sweetness. The flavor profile has mellowed some but the alcohol is still very present. Better after it warmed up. Average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, even though its past its prime it still has a complex cocoa, vanilla, barrel, and bitter/tart profile.
Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4.63 by chewy6935 from Michigan

Feb 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Black, dark brown that lets some light through around edges, thin head around edge
S: Vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, fruity coffee, light oxidation, caramel, cacoa nibs, light roast, marshmallow, dark fruit, maple
T: Vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow, milk chocolate, fruity and bitter coffee nicely integrated, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, alcohol, very rich
M: Thick and creamy with nice carbonation
O: This is a big beer which has held up very well with about 2 years. The adjuncts are all still present with the vanilla at the forefront. Occasionally the 17% shows but many sips drink well under that abv. These big abv beers do seem to have great complexity in both aroma and taste. Vanilla is the star initially but then ducks back to let the other several flavors jump out
Jan 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
So so black with almost no head, the briefest of brown foam formed. No lacing, the beer is so heavy it sticks to the glass rather like wine. Smells like chocolate and vanilla, like someone added chocolate sauce to the beer but without overwhelming the beer itself. Tastes like chocolate milk, hints of vanilla, hints of coffee, not a lot of oak, bourbon is subdued. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but not cloying or sticky. The mouthfeel is the only real complaint, the high ABV makes it a bit to hot even after a year in the cellar. Overall its fantastic, the kind of big stout worth drinking.
Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by Kurmaraja from California

Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by fosters9 from New York

Nov 20, 2017
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a two finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon, vanilla and coffee nose and flavor follows, bourbon, oak, coffee, hops are hidden. Very high ABV, 17.4%, is noticeable but not overpowering. Expensive at $14.95 for a 12oz bottle, bottled 4/25/2016 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Oct 07, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Sep 07, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by Bonna from Illinois

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by BlakeAM from Illinois

Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Samdaddy from Massachusetts

Jun 23, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 4.71 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vary dark appearance with little tan head. Very strong vanilla and chocolate aroma. Nice vanilla and chocolate taste with a slight Bourbon without any alcohol aftertaste.
Jun 10, 2017
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